TRAFFIC restrictions caused by gas works on the Weymouth Way could continue into September.

The Echo previously reported that SGN gas works on the Weymouth Way around Chafeys roundabout were due to finish at the end of August after previous delays.

However, SGN has now revealed that traffic restrictions could remain in place until the middle of September.

A spokesman for SGN said: "We’re now in the process of connecting a number of existing pipes, which feed gas to the surrounding areas of Weymouth and Portland, to the new gas main we’ve laid in Weymouth Way. Some of these pipes are buried up to five metres below ground, so it’s a particularly challenging operation that requires specialist equipment and specialist contractors.

"Once all the connections are safely finished, we’ll then decommission the old gas main.

We’re making every effort to minimise disruption to motorists by ensuring traffic can continuing travelling in both directions past our work site for the remainder of our work. On certain days, we may need to use temporary traffic lights so we can move plant safely in and out of our site, but we’ll do this outside of peak times where possible to avoid inconveniencing motorists. All being well, we hope to remove our lane restrictions in Weymouth Way by Sunday 15 September.

"We appreciate the ongoing support and patience of Weymouth residents and motorists during our essential work. Thank you for your understanding as we work to ensure a continued safe and reliable gas supply to your local area for years to come."

The gas works on the Weymouth Way began earlier this year after a gas leak. SGN is installing a new plastic pipe in place of the old metal main.

Cllr Pete Barrow said: "Obviously it has gone on for a lot longer than anybody thought and it has caused a great deal of inconvenience for many people.

"It has obviously turned out to be more technically challenging than expected. People have felt somewhat under siege. It will be good to have this over and get it back to normal."